There To Get In The Way

I just turned my computer on, but I already think this will be the best thing I’ll be able to flag up today. I know I said I’d be steering clear of the COP conference, but the news that the largest body of delegates attending it represent the interests of the fossil fuel industry is just too stupid to ignore. “There are more delegates at COP26 associated with the fossil fuel industry than from any single country, analysis shared with the BBC shows….They found that 503 people with links to fossil fuel interests had been accredited for the climate summit. These delegates are said to lobby for oil and gas industries, and campaigners say they should be banned.” I wholeheartedly agree. How can we expect any progress on any issue, when people advocating the very activity we’re trying to curb are there trying to get in the way? Of course they’ll say they’re there to help, and try to present alternative solutions which won’t hurt the petrochemical industry quite so badly, but at the end of the day they just want to make sure they can continue to make fortunes by pumping harmful gasses into the atmosphere. Ultimately they’ll do whatever they can to hinder progress. The only way any conference like this will ever be able to move forward is if such lobbyists simply weren’t there. After all, as the article points out, “the World Health Organization didn’t get serious about banning tobacco until all the lobbyists for the industry were banned from WHO meetings.”

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